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Forum News Service, Published June 10 2013

‘Ax Men’ company facing foreclosure

SUPERIOR, Wis. - An urban logging company featured on the History Channel’s “Ax Men” series has three months to find a buyer before its forest, the Old Globe grain elevator, goes to a sheriff’s sale.

A foreclosure judgment was entered Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court against North Superior Partners LLC, Wisconsin Woodchuck LLC, David Hozza, Judith Peres and Michael Zurakov for nearly $843,000.

Hozza said the group continues to seek a buyer who will harvest the old elevator’s timber, not tear it down and toss it in a landfill.

When the Woodchucks debuted on national television this winter, they also launched a crowd-funding campaign to keep the business afloat. The project raised $8,697, far short of the needed $56,000. It turned out that “Ax Men” wasn’t a good fit for the Superior business.

“We were the wrong crew for that particular audience,” Hozza said. But they did land more coverage, this time from PBS’ “Hometime” show. The program featured Old Globe timbers being installed in a home.